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Is Replacing Your Roof In Sections Worth Doing Or Should I Replace The Entire Roof?

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Is Replacing Your Roof in Sections a Smart Move? 

In the heart of the Treasure Valley, where the climate can range from blistering summers to snowy winters, your roof stands as the first line of defense for your home. It endures everything the Idaho weather throws at it, safeguarding your family and possessions. But when damage occurs, homeowners are faced with a critical decision: Should you replace just a section of your roof, or is a full replacement necessary? Idaho Roofing Contractors is here to help you consider the factors so you can make the best decision for you and your loved ones. 

When to Consider Replacing Sections of Your Roof

Partial roof replacement might seem like a cost-effective solution, especially if the damage appears localized. Situations where this might be appropriate include:

– Patch Jobs: If a specific area of your roof is damaged due to, say, a fallen branch and the rest of the roof is in good condition, patching the affected area could suffice. However, this decision should only be made after a comprehensive inspection by a professional to rule out underlying damage.

– Replacing Individual Shingles: The Treasure Valley’s winds can sometimes dislodge shingles. If the damage is limited to a few shingles and there’s no significant underlying damage, replacing those shingles could be adequate. 

When to Avoid Partial Replacement

However, the decision to replace only part of your roof should not be taken lightly. Here’s why partial replacements might not be the best choice:

– Extensive Damage: If a significant portion of your roof is damaged, a full replacement is often more sensible. The roof decking is made of wood boards (typically OSB) that are protected by an underlayment and the shingle.   You can inspect the roof decking from the attack, but sometimes that’s not possible.   If there is a sizable portion of your roof that’s damaged due to old age, poor ventilation, or improper installation, replacing your entire roof would allow for a more thorough inspection and repair of the roof deck, ensuring no hidden issues could lead to major problems later on.

– Aesthetic and Functional Harmony: Partial replacements can lead to a mismatch in the appearance and age of your roofing materials, potentially affecting your home’s curb appeal and (possibly) resale value. One can find the shingle to replace what you have existing, but the sun fades your current shingles making for just enough of a difference that it’s noticeable from the curb.   That said, if the roof section needing repair is not visible from the front of your house, or you just don’t care, that’s a choice we support so long as you can live with it. Lastly, integrating new sections with old ones opens the chance for functional issues, such as leaks or structural weaknesses.

The Risks of Replacing Only Sections of Your Roof

Opting for a sectional replacement might seem cost-effective in the short term but can lead to several long-term issues, including:

– Inconsistent Lifespan: Different sections of your roof will age at different rates, leading to a possible cycle of ongoing repairs and replacements.

– Potential for Increased Costs: Contrary to what you might expect, multiple partial replacements can sometimes be as costly as a full replacement, due to the complexities involved in blending new and old sections seamlessly.

Final Thoughts: The Value of a Complete Replacement

For homeowners in the Treasure Valley, the decision to replace your roof should be informed by both the current state of your roof and the long-term implications of your choice. In many cases, opting for a full replacement can be more economical and beneficial in the long run, providing peace of mind and a unified, reliable roofing system.  Some questions you could ask yourself include how long you plan on staying at that home, resale value (will the buyers ask for a new roof?), and if you mind having multiple repairs over one replacement. 
At Idaho Roofing Contractors, we understand the implications of repair vs. replacement.  We take into account your feedback and preferences and present you with options so you can make the most informed and confident decision. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing thorough inspections, honest advice, and professional services tailored to your specific needs. Whether you’re considering a patch, partial replacement, or a full roof overhaul, trust us to provide you with honest and trusted recommendations. 

Don’t let your roof give you anxiety. Contact Idaho Roofing Contractors today for a free, no-obligation inspection. Let us help you make an informed decision that safeguards your home, enhances its beauty, and secures your peace of mind. As a locally owned and operated business,  we’re here to ensure your roof stands strong against the Idaho climate.

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